Music: White Fox by Ham Sandwich
Sandwich of the day
This horrendously named Kells outfit delivered a fine debut album back in 2008, with Niamh Farrell's pop sensibilities elevating Carry the Meek above the ordinary.
She's had her fair share of tribulations since then, including the time she turned up at hospital with bad tummy pain only to be told she was pregnant -- and in labour. Rock 'n' roll, indeed.
Anyway, mother and child are fine and she's wasted little time in delivering a follow-up album. White Fox isn't a huge departure from their debut, but that's no bad thing as it provides compelling evidence that this foursome know how to pen tunes to lodge themselves in your heart on the second or third listen
Opener The Naturist is typical of their classic pop gifts. Farrell and Podge McNamara exchange vocals over a classic indie template. It reminds me of the undervalued pop of Engine Alley almost 20 years ago.
Karl Odlum's production is typically clean and fat-free. He allows the band's best constituents to shine -- mainly Farrell's perky vocals and McNamee's chiming guitars.
And while the band aren't reinventing the wheel, their smart tunes take some beating. In a just world, at least half the songs here would enjoy considerable airplay.
Ham Sandwich will showcase songs from this album in Whelan's on October 9 as part of a benefit night for the family of much admired concert promoter Derek Nally, who died in July.
Burn it: The Naturist; Ants